Performers: Vera Marenco (soprano), Teresa Gay (contralto), Umberto Bartolini (tenore), Alberto Longhi (basso)
Playing time: 44'04
Recording date: March 1997
Once again vocal performers prove that the combination of modern and "early" music is a felicitous one. This Italian recording presents secular music (except for the La Rue motet) on French and Italian texts, by Flemish and Italian composers old and new. The performances of the Renaissance songs are very good, but the modern pieces are rendered even more delightfully, with a rare warmth of sound to accompany precision and balance. The modern compositions are mostly settings of texts by Edoardo Sanguineti in a variety of contemporary styles, often similar in sound to music by modern northerners such as Ton de Leeuw or Daan Manneke. A thoroughly worthwhile recording.
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